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The premise was pretty awesome, a puzzle based RPG. It is a great fit for the DS, i can pick it up and play it whenever i have 5 free minutes, which always turns into 50 minutes.
I'd give it a 10 but two things bump it down: 1) only one "type" of puzzle. I can only play a bejewelled type puzzle in one of its forms for so long. Having other puzzles to mix it up would have been great.
2) the computer sometimes made moves that make me think it was "cheating". Sometimes, it would match up a group of 3, seemingly knowing that the unseen pieces that would fall in would make a 4 or 5 of a kind. Maybe it didn't know, but there were some that seemed that way. There were also some battles where i was winning a lot, and then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, the computer flips into this super agressive mode where every match it makes turns into a 4 of a kind or some other way of getting another turn, and suddenly i lose 100hp out of nowhere.
Having more equipment options might have been nice too, but that didn't detract much from the game.
sometimes taking tried and true formulas and mixing them together can make for something so uniquely refreshing it can't help but feel completely new. such is the case with Puzzle Quest. while the components that make up this fantastically addicting title aren't anything you haven't seen before, the way the elements are blended together make this a stand out game that really needs to be checked out to be fully understood.
the game is essentially a match-3 puzzle game (think Bejeweled) serving as a battle system for a surprisingly deep RPG set up. you're given classes to choose from to start your character, the story is surprisingly involving, you can collect and equip various weapons, armor, spells, etc. as you would expect from an RPG, each effecting the puzzle game play in its own way adding constantly changing strategic elements to battles. you can capture enemies and learn new spells from them or use them as mounts to increase your abilities. and this is just the start! forging new items, upgrading your abilities, recruiting party members...practically anything you could expect from an RPG is included in the design to make the most casual of puzzle game designs into something not only remarkably refreshing as a puzzle game but also as a unique role-playing game.
its nice to see developers do something new and different every now and again. this game just goes to show that sometimes the most unique titles are made of some of the most run of the mill elements. in this case, the result is much greater than sum of its parts. i defiantly recommend checking this title out. if you're a fan of either of the influencing genres you will not be disappointed.